Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”Romans 15:1-2
I can’t help but think about face masks when I read this passage, and the many arguments on whether they should be mandated in public or not. There are many parts of the conversation, of course, including efficacy and personal freedom, all significantly obscured by partisan politics and conspiracy theories.
Paul’s instruction to the church in Rome in similar matters was to make allowances for one another. I am not sure it is the ONLY advice we should heed – there are activities and behaviors that are truly harmful to one another and to the planet – however, there is no reason for it not to be a major component in our decision making and interactions with others.
Relationships are what matters. It is only in the midst of our relationships that the world will change. I don’t remember who originally said it, but a great reminder for me has been “Being right doesn’t get us even half-way to righteousness.”
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